Dresses with grown-up hemlines, winter edition: part 1

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In many parts of the country it’s tough to wear dresses in the winter, but back when I worked in an office, I did it all the time, by layering a thin long-sleeved tee underneath, and by wearing the warmest tights I could find. If you do that, you’d be amazed by what you can get away with. I think this filmy floral is just so pretty and feminine, but at the same time nicely polished.

And I love the abstract print here.

A turtleneck dress that is saved from frumpiness by a generous slit.

This leopard print sweater dress has a great (and very covertly sexy) shape.

I am crazy for this print, which is actually magnified butterfly wings.

A clean-lined wool sweater dress from Vince in a nice, neutral hue, and with a satisfyingly deep V-neck.

This dress verges on being too Little House on the Prairie for me, but the mix of prints is so appealing—and the lines are so sophisticated—that I think it clears the bar.

How cozy-luxe is this cashmere dolman-sleeve dress? I also really like the bateau neckline.

I like the ruffle neck here, and the dark, wintry floral print.

This metallic blue dress is most definitely party-worthy.

A tee dress with interesting (and flattering) draping.

A classic wrap dress that rings in at just under $100, and comes in a number of good colors and prints.

A pretty body-con dress that’d be aces with a statement-y necklace.

Here’s a similar dress, but with a slightly more forgiving shape.

I’d wear a turtleneck under this chic Universal Standard shirtdress to winterize it.

A very ladylike (but un-prissy) option with a cool leopard print.

Another sweater dress that has a very throw-it-on-and-go appeal.

I’m crazy for this sequined dress, and might dress it down with a beaten-up denim jacket and big old clunky knee-high boots (I might dress it up with high-heeled booties too).

A stealthily seductive sweater dress in a rich burgundy hue.

I was on the fence about whether to include this dress—the print mix is kind of crazy—but I decided it was good-crazy.,

 

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11 Thoughts on Dresses with grown-up hemlines, winter edition: part 1
    Beano
    13 Jan 2020
    9:58am

    Love your posts on dresses, Kim! Am so glad to see something from Ba&Sh. They make great flattering dresses. I have one that I wear year round. I find that thinner dresses work well in winter because my work place(s) are so over heated and dry. I always find myself peeling off layers as the day goes on.

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    Pia
    13 Jan 2020
    9:54am

    Heattech shirts from Uniqlo have helped me wear dresses all winter long! Thanks for finding all of these options. It’s difficult to find dresses with long sleeves.

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      Beano
      13 Jan 2020
      10:00am

      I use the heattech camis and long sleeved shirts under everything!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    15 Jan 2020
    10:38pm

    Woot woot! Thanks for all of the cool sweaterdress options. I’m CRAZY about the SEXY, slinky Vince number…but I fear it calls for a sylphlike body and it’s been a looong time since my bod has been called sylphlike. Also: How would you style the black fit and flare number so that it shows a little personality?

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    Beth Neiman
    13 Jan 2020
    12:05pm

    I love your posts and your style, however as a 65 year old woman, I’m constantly worried about dressing “too young”. Your styles and models look to be in the 25-35 year old range, and I fear looking like I’m trying to dress like a younger woman. Any styles for women of my age?

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      Viajera
      15 Jan 2020
      11:16am

      Hi Beth! I was waiting to see if anyone else would jump in … anyhow, it may be none of my business, but, it sounds to me as if too much emphasis is being placed on age. Perhaps just focus on wearing colors and proportions which flatter *you.* Imho, age isn’t what makes an outfit look good. Or not good! – remember the low rise pants era? Those looked just *awful.* …[my way of making a paragraph…] I am not sure there is a single style that can’t be worn just based on age. Mini-skirts? Well what about a nice pair of opaque tights? (Actually I don’t think youngsters should show us too much either … but then, I am a crank.) … As long as we all, of every age, cover our bits, I think we should wear what we like. What *we* like. … Also, there’s no rule that says everyone has to care about fashion, either . (gasp!) If you don’t feel like this is your area, why not ask a friend for help? or a personal shopper at Nordy’s? … Anyhow, 65 isn’t that old.

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    c.w.
    13 Jan 2020
    11:13am

    I wear dresses maybe a couple times a year. So I have no need to purchase AT ALL. However, that All Saints (the second dress shown) with its abstract print and interesting cut is making me think I need another option just in case. The sound you hear is my credit card sighing.

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    HickfromStyx
    14 Jan 2020
    6:27pm

    We have finally found a grown-up place to go for dinner dates, and I’ve finally got a place to wear my dresses. One looks very similar to the Frame dress. This place has a suggested dress code, but so far women are upping the ante on that. Why not? Everything is so casual now, but glamming things up makes it special.

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    Kathi
    13 Jan 2020
    12:46pm

    I always love these posts, so much oh my goodness options!! When I worked in an office and had to wear dresses in the winter, I would change into pants for the walk out to the car & removal of snow/ice. My male co-workers usually teased me, but I told them to let a twenty below wind chill blow up their skirt sometime.

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    Kimberly Samuelson
    13 Jan 2020
    3:01pm

    The Ganni Dress (swoons)! Can we talk about Ganni and how cool their aesthetic is?!

    Kim, the dresses-with-adult-hemlines is–as always—great this season. It’s a problem, I was trying on dresses a few weeks back and they were all crotch-level, which them means you have to decide if opaque tights or leggings will work to cover your family jewels.

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    Amber
    13 Jan 2020
    5:34pm

    Is it my imagination, or have you been posting more items from Vince lately? Or maybe I’m just clicking on those most often 😳. In any case, so many great options! I love wearing dresses in the winter.

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